It was a pretty tight game through the first eight minutes of basketball last Friday night when the Perkiomen girls basketball squad hosted Collegium Charter School, but by the time it was over, Perkiomen had pushed its winning streak to eight straight, coming away with a 55-18 victory.
Nicole Pupillo drained a pair of three-pointers and Stephanie Falcone added another as the Perkiomen duo accounted for all 13 of Perkiomen’s first-quarter points. That allowed the Panthers to hold a slim two-point advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter, though, would be a different story as the Panthers began to play like a team looking to repeat as league champions. Destinee Astheimer scored four points, Falcone added another basket, and Pupillo equaled her first quarter output of eight points. The Panthers outscored the visitors, 14-3, to take a 27-14 lead into halftime.
If the visitors were frustrated with scoring only three points in the second quarter, the next quarter would prove to be a nightmare: The Panthers used a decisive height advantage to keep Collegium Charter from scoring any points in the third quarter.
By the time Kenneh Maimuna broke the visitors’ scoring drought three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Panthers’lead had swelled to 30 points. It climbed even higher just moments later after Pupillo drained a free throw to complete a four point play.
Pupillo would finish as the game’s high scorer with 23 points. Falcone ended with 10. Kristen Burdo had a solid second half as she collected nine points. Astheimer scored six, Mindi Gallagher had four, Madison Faraco and Christina Sun each added bucket. Maimuna paced the visitors with 10 while Lillian Rowell had six.
Since suffering a 56-52 loss to the Hill School in the second game of the season the Panthers have been on a roll, downing opponents by an average of nearly 30 points per game. Panthers head coach Randy Littlefield knows there is still some work to be done if his team is to repeat as Tri-County League champions.
“We have more depth than last year, but even more important is the fact that our returning players have worked hard and gotten better. That’s what we focus on getting better every game. We need to work on playing four quarters of solid fundamental basketball every game. We don’t always do that, but if we continue to work hard and do our jobs, than we have an excellent chance of coming out on top.”
The Panthers are on the road this Friday as they travel to take on the Academy of the New Church at 3:45pm before taking on J.M. Barrack at home on Wednesday at 5:00pm.